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Odors influence mosquito behavior

Bart G. J. Knols, Jocelijn Meijerink
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 4 Number 5: Page 56 (October 1997)

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Abstract: Transmission of mosquito-borne diseases requires the uptake of pathogens from an infected host and their subsequent passage to an uninfected individual. A female mosquito engages in a particular pattern of behavior to locate a possible source of a blood beal. Odors are thought to gevern this process, and recent progress in identifying the chemicals to which mosquitoes respond raises the possivility that they can be lured to traps baited with these chemicals. Monitoring mosquito populations with the aid of such traps will improve the effective application of conventional control techniques and enlarge understanding of disease dynamics and transmission.

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